Newsletter - May 13, 2019
Dear St. Francis School Families,
3rd Grade Class Prayer
Lord, please provide food and water, clothes, supplies, and healthy lives for us and our loved ones. Please remind us to love the people who care for us, help us to know when to and when not to talk in class, guide us to be good students and do things the first time we are asked. Most importantly help us to be closer to God. We are thankful for everything You have given us, especially for Jesus, our good lives, our family and friends, our homes, pets, all of the wildlife and animals, our churches, and St. Francis School. Amen.
Please join us in prayer for our 3rd Grade Class
We all need to seek God in prayer with our joys, worries, and thankful moments. Thank you for being a prayer partner for our school. This week we will be lifting up our 3rd Grade Class in prayer.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. Jeremiah 29:12
PRAYER PARTNERS: Next week, we will join together in prayer for our 4th Grade Class.
STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK THANK YOU: Thank you so very much from our entire school staff for the wonderful Staff Appreciation Week! In addition to a delicious brunch, we each received a cute letter board and cookies. Thanks to Katie Acker, our Home & School Vice-President for organizing this event and to all those who helped serve or helped with recess supervision. We are also very thankful for an entire week of daily treats, flowers and gifts! Thanks to Katie Feuerhelm, our Home & School President, for organizing the daily treat. Your generosity and thoughtfulness means so much to us all! We are so thankful for our wonderful school families!
WALK FOR VIRTUES: My thanks to each person who helped to make our Walk for Virtues a great day for our school! The children put forth amazing effort as they worked to achieve their goal and were encouraged along the way by our fantastic group of teachers! Our weather was perfect, and the group of parent volunteers was wonderful! Thank you!
All pledge money was due last Monday. Early tallies indicate we will raise $8,945.00 through this fundraiser!! After all pledges have been collected, we will hold our all-school assembly to announce our top mile winners and top pledge winners. The feet will be distributed on that same day!
Grade 5: $1,785.00
Grade 4: $1,738.50
Grade 3: $1,426.00
Grade 2: $ 955.50
Grade 1: $1,405.00
Grade 4YK: $ 605.00
Does your company have a matching funds program? These are some area companies that have matched funds in the past! Check with your HR department. 3M, AIG, Ecolab, General Mills, Johnson Controls, Marathon Oil, Medtronics, MN Mutual Life, NSP, Pillsbury, Ralston Purina, Red Wing Shoe, Securian, St. Paul Companies, St. Paul Travelers, Thomson West, UPS, Wells Fargo, Xcel
ST. FRANCIS PRESCHOOL: St. Francis School will be offering 3-year-old preschool starting this fall 2019. Please help us spread the word by giving the information card included in your weekly envelope to someone who may be interested.
ALL SCHOOL PICTURE: We have a wonderful idea for our all school picture this year! We will need every student to have a plain white shirt - no logos, no designs, no color. They will wear the shirt as is and it will not be colored or altered in any way. White shirts were due by Wednesday, May 8, if you have not sent one in yet, please do so no later than Wednesday, May 15. Be sure to put your child's name on the tag. Thank you in advance for helping make this photo project a success!
CHRISTMAS/SPRING PROGRAMS AVAILABLE ON DVD: Our Spring Program was recorded and placed on a DVD along with our Christmas Program from last December. If you’d like to purchase a copy of the DVD ($25 each) and haven’t already, please complete the order form that was sent two weeks ago, along with payment no later than Wednesday, May 15. A list of families who have already ordered a DVD is included in your weekly envelope today. DVDs will be sent home prior to the end of the school year. If you already placed your order for a DVD earlier this year, Thank You!
GRADES 4YK - 5 - ELLSWORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY FIELD TRIP – MAY 16: 4YK through grade 5 students will have the opportunity to take a field trip to the Ellsworth Public Library Thursday, May 16 to learn about summer reading programs.
GR. 5 CLASS TRIP TO VALLEY FAIR – FRIDAY, MAY 17: Fifth grade students will take their class trip to Valley Fair on
Friday, May 17.
Chaperones: Katie Feuerhelm, Rhonda Flanigan, Connie Girdeen, Mary Jean, Angie Marks, Bob & Angie McHardy, Rick Moldenhauer, Brooke Nelson, Drew & Anne Pechacek, Lisa Plummer, Dan & Jessica Puhrmann, Katy Truttman,
and Tony & Lynn Vogel.
4YK - CARPENTER NATURE CENTER – MONDAY, MAY 20: Our 4YK students will take their field trip to the Carpenter Nature Center on Monday, May 20. Students will depart at 8:15 a.m. and return by 10:15am. Parent chaperones are asked to please come to the office to check-in by 8:05am.
Chaperones: Ron Francis, Elise Gregory, Adriana Holst, Amy Loberg, Natasha Thoner, Katy Truttman
ELEMENTARY AG DAY – MONDAY, MAY 20: St. Francis students in Grades K - 5 will be walking to the Ellsworth High School for Elementary Ag Day on Monday, May 20. Permission slips are in your weekly envelope today and are due back by Wednesday, May 15.
PICNIC LUNCH – MONDAY, MAY 20: Mrs. Brooks has planned a picnic lunch for us on Monday, May 20. Students are encouraged to bring a beach towel to sit on as we plan to eat outside! (weather permitting)
GR. 5 - DARE GRADUATION – THURSDAY, MAY 23: Fifth grade parents are asked to reserve the afternoon of Thursday, May 23 to attend their child’s D.A.R.E. graduation, beginning at 2:00pm. in the parish hall.
MEMORIAL DAY – MONDAY, MAY 27 - NO SCHOOL: Students do not have classes Monday, May 27, due to our observance of Memorial Day.
GR. 5 – MASS OF COMPLETION AND TREE PLANTING – WEDNESDAY, MAY 29: Our fifth grade Mass of Completion will be at 8:30am. on Wednesday, May 29. After Mass, our fifth grade students will be planting a tree in memory of their class
Following the Tree Planting, we will have a light brunch reception for the fifth grade class with their parents.
GR. 2 & 3 - CARPENTER NATURE CENTER – FRIDAY, MAY 31: Second and Third Grade students will take their field trip to the Carpenter Nature Center Friday, May 31. Students will depart at 12:00pm. and return by 2:45pm. Parent chaperones are asked to please come to the office to check-in by 11:50am.
Grade 2: Elise Gregory, Ben & Megan Hines, Adriana Holst, Angie or Bob McHardy, Andy Murphy, Tom O’Neil, Casey Oricchio, Katy Truttman Grade 3: Katie Acker, Maria Dopp, Angie Marks, Vicki Nelson (Kate)
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL – THURSDAY, JUNE 6: It has been decided that the last day of school for St. Francis will remain on Thursday, June 6 with our students being dismissed at 12:30pm. PLEASE NOTE: There will be NO bus service at that time so every student in K – 5th grade will need to be picked up. Last Day of School Early Release Forms will be sent out closer to that date. (4YK busing that day will remain the same)
GRADES K-5 - LAST DAY OF CLASSES/MASS/AWARDS CEREMONY – THURSDAY, JUNE 6: Our last day of classes for kindergarten through fifth grade students will be Thursday, June 6. This day will include our all-school Awards Assembly in our church immediately following the 8:30am. Mass. Our fifth grade class will take on their parents in a kickball game, and we will have our usual picnic lunch (bring your own or order in advance from the St. Francis Youth Group). Students will be dismissed at 12:30pm. We will use the following schedule:
8:05 Classes begin, as usual.
8:30 Mass, and Awards Ceremony
10:00 Recess (approximate time, 15 minutes of recess will follow the awards ceremony.)
10:15 Return to classrooms for cleaning, final projects.
11:00 Kickball game - Fifth grade students versus their parents.
11:45 Picnic lunch
12:25 Return to classrooms for report cards & summer farewells
SUMMER EAGLE’S NEST PROGRAM: We are excited to offer a summer care program for our St. Francis Families. Please watch for more information soon!
2018-2019 YEARBOOK ORDERS: Orders are being taken for this year’s yearbook. As in the past, the yearbook will be delivered next September, allowing us to include photos through the last day of school! The price for the all-color, 28 page, soft-cover yearbook is $20.00. You can order your yearbook online at YBPay.lifetouch.com with the Yearbook ID Code: 1934619. You may also send your payment to school. Please make checks payable to St. Francis School. If you already placed your order for a yearbook, Thank You! There will not be another order form in your envelope today. Please place your order by Friday, May 17. A list of families who have already ordered a yearbook is included in your weekly envelope today.
ELLSWORTH PUBLIC LIBRARY INFORMATION: A Universe of Stories: Ellsworth's Summer Library Programs and reading activities begin June 10. All summer library programs are free and open to the public. Check out the included pamphlet for more information.
Adults and children can now sign up online for incentive based reading and activities: Go to www.ellsworthlibrary.org and click on the Summer Library Program Slide for the link.
ST. FRANCIS VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL: This year’s VBS is titled “SonTreasure Island” - where kids discover the treasure of God’s love through the truth found in 1 Corinthians 13. VBS is scheduled for Monday through Friday, July 22 - 26 from
9:00 am to 12:30 pm and is for children who have completed any of the grades 4YK through 4th. The cost is $35 per child with a $55 family maximum. Youth (who have completed 5th grade and up) and adults are invited to sign up to volunteer for one of a variety of centers: Bible center, crafts, snacks, games & music as well as large assemblies and skits. Registration and volunteer sign-up forms have been sent out to both elementary schools and made available during the Religious Ed. Classes. They can also be found on the St. Francis website at each entrance to the church and on the wall near the Rel. Ed. Office in the Parish Hall. Any questions contact Joan Foley, 715-338-1199, firstname.lastname@example.org or Colleen Belland, email@example.com.
A TASTE OF TUSCANY: The Ellsworth Community School District Foundation will once again be hosting their largest fundraiser of the year, A Taste of Tuscany, at Vino in the Valley on May 31st from 4:30-8pm. The evening includes a buffet dinner, wine tasting, live music, school art exhibition, and a silent auction. Tickets are $35 and are available to purchase at the St. Francis School Office, the Ellsworth School District Office, Nilssen’s Foods, Vino in the Valley and from any Foundation member. A portion of the funds raised at this event are used to finance the EXCELLS grant. St. Francis School is eligible for this grant and has been awarded it in the past to purchase materials, supplies, and equipment to implement innovative projects.
DATES TO REMEMBER:
May 15 – Christmas/Spring Program DVD Orders Due
May 16 - Ellsworth Public Library Visit (4YK-Grade 5)
May 17 - Valleyfair Trip (Grade 5)
May 17 – Yearbook Orders Due
May 20 - Carpenter Nature Center (4YK)
May 20 - Elementary Ag Day
May 22 - Self-Control Virtue Awards following Mass
May 23 - 5th Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation
May 24 - EHS Senior Day
May 27 - Memorial Day (No School)
May 29 - 5th Grade Mass of Completion and Tree Planting
May 31 - Carpenter Nature Center (Grades 2 and 3)
May 31 - A Taste of Tuscany
June 6 - Last Day of School (Half Day for K-5; 4YK regular day dismissed at 11:05 a.m.)
May God’s Grace Be With You! Please call or e-mail if you have questions: 715-273-4391 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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